Spotlight on Ryan Donahue (I)

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Ryan Donahue shoots his way into a successful career with the committment to Keene State College.

By Lilah Gutlerner (II), Staff Writer

After a year of injuries sidelining him for a portion of his junior year, it could have been easy for Ryan Donahue (I) to lay low throughout his senior basketball season. Unexpectedly, he did just the opposite. Between leading his team to a Dual County League (DCL) championship, being named the DCL Most Valuable Player and announcing his commitment to Keene State College to continue his basketball career, Donahue undoubtedly made his mark on the Boston Latin School court.

Donahue was an incredible leader on and off the court throughout his BLS career, especially in this past season, when he was needed by his team even more after starting a month later than the rest of the League. With 15 points and nine rebounds in the championship game against Weston High School and many other performances scoring over 20 points, Donahue “was pretty happy with how we ended the season, considering we won the championship and are receiving a banner.”

Donahue has made an unbelievable impact on the BLS basketball program under Coach Brendan Smith. Like many of his other teammates, he has played for Smith’s Amateur Athletic Union team since the fourth grade. Donahue recognizes and credits Smith with most of his accomplishments on the court, saying, “He pushed me year after year to be the best that I could, and although we were never the biggest team height-wise, we always played with heart.”

Playing with outstanding effort is definitely something Donahue will take with him next year to Keene State. Everything he has learned from his coaches, teammates and family has helped open this opportunity for him, making him incredibly enthusiastic for what is to come.

Donahue says that he feels “great about my commitment to Keene State and I’m excited for the next couple years. I’m most looking forward to continuing my basketball career and moving on in life.”

Donahue credits his team for how far he has come as a player. His favorite memory was the last game of his sophomore season against Andover High School, the first time he really felt they truly bonded.

“It was the state tournament and we were playing against Andover, and our whole team put everything we had out there. After the game, the locker room was filled with emotions because we were more like a family than a team by the end of the season,” says Donahue.

There is no doubt that Donahue will continue to do great things when he moves on to Keene State. He will definitely be a player to watch, and will always be a player to remember here at BLS.